Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive
For the Del Mar Union Elementary School District (K-6th) the Sandpiper endorses the two incumbent Board members running for re-election, Erica Halpern and Darren Gretler. Our elementary schools (Del Mar Hills, Del Mar Heights, and six schools in Carmel Valley) are providing an excellent education with children testing in the top 1% statewide, and these School Board members can take some of the credit.
For the San Dieguito Union High School District (7th-12th) the Sandpiper endorses the two incumbent Board members running for re-election, Joyce Dalessandro and Beth Hergesheimer.
The outcome of the High School District election is particularly important. Along with Amy Herman, Dalessandro and Hergesheimer have consistently carried the day, in 3-2 votes, supporting our very successful academic programs and staff. Although the boards are supposed to be non-partisan, the two negative votes have regularly come from board members who have created a contentious atmosphere leading some administrators to leave. Both of these board members have endorsed two of Dalessandro and Hergesheimer’s opponents, hoping to take control of the school district. One of the opponents, whose children attended private schools, is endorsed on his website by the San Diego Tea Party, the California Christian Coalition and the Minutemen. Election of the opponents of Dalessandro and Hergesheimer would tip the balance and lead to disaster for our middle schools and high schools.